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Crop share for the week ending 16th September 2017

tomatoes

Ian says potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes, green tomatoes, onions, peppers, beans, beetroot, bean tops

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Green tomato chutney time and other growing

pickled green tomatoesIan our grower says to give members due warning – expect green tomatoes in your crop share for making chutney. The bottom trusses are trailing where they should not so will be dispersed to members. Get your jars ready and put time aside for making chutney then.

You have been warned then!

Now that the preparations for the Go Local Food BBq are over, Ian and the work shares can go back to the usual growing routine. It’s the quiet time of the year for growing though fennel, kale and a few late beetroot have been planted out (or are about to be).

Kale, chard and beetroot are to be sown to go into the poly tunnels. Caterpillars are to be removed from the brussel sprouts. Rats are to be deterred from making inroads into comfortable places for the winter. They too don’t want to stay out in the cold and are just beginning to appear on the fields.

Ian is contemplating an idea for next year. He’s wondering if he can acquire enough wood chippings to put in a corner of the fields (maybe under the hedges if this isn’t going to be too dry) and seeding them with mushrooms. He thinks maybe to try this in his own growing space at Temperley as a trial first. Just a passing idea.

We sadly didn’t win

North acomb little grey fergie

We didn’t win the Grey Ferguson Tractor that was being raffled by the Ferguson Heritage Society  – details over on their Facebook Page. But thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets from the North Acomb Farm shop – your efforts are greatly appreciated. We shall have to keep looking out for more such raffles and chances won’t we? We believe that the profits were shared between the Friends of Ferguson Heritage Society and the Air Ambulance.

Apple Press and Chilli Fest

apple juice

Sunday 24th September, 1 – 4 p.m.

Will you have a glut of early apples? Why not come and make some fresh juice, which can be drunk and/or frozen? Has the chilli plant you were given at the Growers’ Question Time done you proud and is it fit to win a prize?

Together with Wylam Community Orchard we have hired an Apple Press.  Bring your apples (checking any windfalls are not too bruised), some empty plastic bottles and make some juice.

We hope to have a pasteuriser on site, for this little extra there will be a small fee.

And what of the chillis? Back in May at Growers Question Time, participants were handed a chilli plant, with the promise that there would be a prize later in the year for the best plant!!  You may not have been at Question Time but you may be growing chillis…  Anyone is welcome to take part. Simply bring your plant along, by 2 pm – judging will take place at 2.30 pm.

There will be an opportunity for a guided tour of the fields for those who have not visited us before and of course the kettle will be on.  We hope to see you on the fields at Ovington – find us  next to the Halls of Heddon nursery heading out of Ovington towards the A69.

 

Getting Active

Remember the pups that Ian’s collie, Midge, had some weeks back? Well they are now getting active and Ian is discovering the pleasure of puddles in the wrong places. He says that there are still two or three wanting homes.